Rhubarb Remix | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by hoodoyoubelongto on 12-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 119
Photo of Jadjunk
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Stop! Commence the sippin' Westbrook is back with a brand new invention with this not-so-traditional twist on our German-style Berliner Weisse. Rhubarb Remix is brewed with the traditional no-boil method, and then infused with strawberries and rhubarb." Brewed in the style of a Berliner Weissbier with strawberry and rhubarb, available in 750 ml. bottles and on limited draft. One-time limited run release.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy head of an ecru white over a moderately hazy amber standard body with ample, lively carbonation. Retention is below average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Striking sourness and funk up front, with a curious blend of essence of strawberry puree and some enhanced tanginess. Not being all too familiar with rhubarb, I'm not sure if it generates much impact in the aroma, but the strawberries are ideal, very unique, very clean and moderately dry aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Sharp sourness and tart flavors up front, strikingly dry with a light unmalted wheat base and evident funk and tangy character in the dry finish. Unfortunately the evident strawberry from the aroma isn't as well defined in the flavor, masked by the intensity of the tart and sour character, rhubarb also doesn't leave much of a footprint, although it may have more of an impact over the perceived sourness and acidity of the beer altogether. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, moderately acidic and tangy, very clean, moderately dry. Carbonation is brisk, generating a moderate frothiness and a fully crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is considerably tart and acidic, mildly funk over sweetness. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I felt obligated partway through the review to investigate what others perceive the flavor of Rhubarb to be, and although it initially came through as quite transparent against the tart and funk character of a Berliner Weissbier, this may be the ale that Rhubarb best works with, as Rhubarb contributes acidic, tart and tangy flavors when consumed raw, and is commonly integrated with baked pastries alongside strawberries. I was a bit disappointed that the strawberry character was more limited in the flavor than the aroma suggested, but was altogether pleased with the strong tartness and acidity of this beer- perhaps the rhubarb came through in the end. The tanginess almost borders perceptibly salty, placing this beer for me curiously between the Berliner Weissbier and a Gose. 3.5

Westbrook Brewing Co.'s
Rhubarb Remix

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Bottle shared amongst friends in three pint glasses at Barleys in Greenville, SC after a trip the beer exchange. This review is written post driving home after a day trip so it is rather light in detail

Fantastic tasting. Rhubarb and Strawberry was not overwhelming.

Sourness was pleasant. Head appearance and nose also very nice.

Would buy again in a heart beat.

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Photo of wedge
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On: 10/25/13

Cloudy peach with a slim, fuzzy white covering. Smell has a solid dusty funk upfront, strong barnyard, mild strawberry sweetness, earthy wood, lactic acid...just general stanky funk. Things are toned down in the taste to a softer, tarter, fruitier blend of flavors. Lactic acid still plays a large part, but it's less dirty than the smell. Strawberry is only really detectable in the aftertaste. Light and dry, lingering puckering quality on the cheeks and gums. Super funky after 10 months in the bottle. Not sure what it was like fresh, but this resembles more of a light Lambic at this point. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden cloudy tangerine orange color with a dense white foamy head. Aroma is pungent flowery berries and zesty celery, sweet and stinky. Flavors are very tart, fruity, sour strawberries, floral farmhouse, wildly yeasty, citrus rind, lemon juice, wheat, and some crisp crackery grains. Plenty of entertaining things going on. Briskly carbonated, seemingly light body, and very refreshing. Awesome beer!

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for hooking me up with this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

A: Pours a very pretty gold with reddish highlights, and extremely hazy - almost to the point of being opaque. It reminds me of the color of a tequila sunrise. One finger of white fluffy head and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Light tartness, some farmhouse funk, citric and lactic acids, lightly fruity, and wheat malts with a mild grainy character.

T: Barnyard, citric tartness and lactic acid, funky overripe strawberries and rhubarb tartness, and a wheat backbone to the whole thing with only a bit of huskiness. Tartness and fruits in hang, but the former fades quickly.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and no alcohol flavor to speak of.

O: Overall, pretty enjoyable. I was really looking forward to this one, and honestly was a bit let down. I would have preferred a bit more tartness, and for the strawberries and rhubarb to have played a more dominant role in the flavors. Nevertheless, still quite good, and recommended.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy, off-white head into a tulip glass that a slight ring of lace throughout. the body looked like grapefruit juice.
s - slightly tart but more musty.
t - same as the aroma with more fruit flavor and spiciness than the aroma.
m - bubbly.
o - had this back to back with new glarus strawberry rhubarb. interesting to try these two styles together done with strawberry and rhubarb. this one was solid but it's hard to beat new glarus when you ask them to add fruit and vegetables to a beer.

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Photo of yankeepride
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very dank looking, with chunky foam on top like moldy flotsam. Such a milky look that I expected to see strawberry seeds floating in it. I can smell some uncooked rhubarb, but didn't really get the wicked tartness I expect from the cooked version. Strawberries were very forward, making for an overall light, refreshing beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NYCBUCKEYE for this bottle in a recent trade. Wanted to try it side-by-side with a New Glarus, but they're so different I opted out. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour is what I imagine is left over in the tank after a big batch of 100% Florida Orange Juice is brewed - orange sludge. Opaque, light, filmy carbonation. Nose is biting lemon mixed with a sugary rhubarb. Very odd.

Rhubarb Remix doesn't pull its Kosoto Gake. Sharp tartness stings the palate & rides roughshod over any subtleties or subtitles that might be interesting. Roughage & grainy. Splinters of fruit (the rhubarb? strawberry? kind of moves around) in the finish. Tingly, almost ginger ale on the tongue. The tartness numbs the palate up after a few sips; I could drink a fair amount of this.

Not a bad effort, but the tart blitz obscures what I'm pretty sure are more interesting notes underneath. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap into Westbrook snifter (proper!). Poured a massively cloudy golden yellow-orange with a one finger white head that remained throughout. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wood, rhubarb, and diaper. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, rhubarb, strawberries, funk, fruity funk, and earthy funk. It had a very light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. Based on first inspection of the nose, I got quite excited. This thing seriously reminded me of the funk you get on the nose from Saint Lamvinus. On the flavor it was quite well balanced, but everything was kind of soft in its delivery. This made it extremely easy to drink, but based on the nose I wanted to be punch in the face with complexity. Still a solid offering regardless. Worth your time seeking it out.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy with a huge head. Pale orange, almost yellow. Thick collar and nice surface foam.

Smell - A little funky, which is surprising. Lots of grain. A musty fruit that I wouldn't call rhubarb, but being from Florida I don't have a lot of experience with the fruit.

Taste - Wheaty and grainy. Light tartness. A fruitiness that, as explained before, I can't place. Lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and grainy. Not very sour.

Overall - Just kinda bland. Could use a lot more excitement of any sort. Sourness or fruit.

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Photo of hoodoyoubelongto
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours grapefruitish color, sort of rosey golden. Lacing is decent. Smell is interesting --- I cannot say that I know what rhubarb smells like but I imagine that is the smell that I cannot quite place, with a slight acetone smell as well. Taste initially evokes the Spring 2013 Weiss Weiss Baby base beer. What I imagine is the rhubarb flavor coats the tongue, it is somewhat unusual but pleasant and does not diminish the strong Berlinerweiss flavor. As you swallow the flavor of strawberry taste comes through in a good way. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Rhubarb Remix from Westbrook Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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